Nestled atop the outskirts of the ancient Incan capital of Cuzco, Sacsayhuaman rests on an artificially levelled mountaintop, and consists of three outer lines of gargantuan walls. Measuring over 1,500 feet in length and over 54 feet in width, the mountain fortress surrounds a paved area containing a circular stone structure believed to be a solar calendar. The ruins also include a 500,000 gallon water reservoir, storage cisterns, ramps, citadels and underground chambers. While the aforementioned resume of the ancient complex is astounding, Sacsayhuaman’s enigmatic stone blocks have attracted the attention of researchers and tourists alike for decades.
Also referred to as Saksaywaman, Saqsaywaman, Sasawaman, Saksawaman, Sacsahuayman, Sasaywaman or Saksaq Waman, the megalithic complex displays some of the most fascinating stone work from the ancient world. The method used to match precisely the shape of a stone with the adjacent stones has been the focus of much speculation and debate. Various theories put forward include: stone softening using a mysterious liquid derived from a plant, mineral disaggregation from the heat generated from large sun mirrors, and even extra-terrestrial intervention. Explorers are perplexed by the jointing accuracy found at the site – such accuracy that a razor blade cannot be placed between the mortar-free stone joints. Take a look at the wonders of Sacsayhuaman below in this week’s addition to The Gallery Series.
About the Author: Andrew is the founder and editor in chief of Lost Origins. He is also the host of the radio show that falls under the same moniker. Andrew has been researching ancient mysteries, alternative historical theories, and lost civilizations for over fifteen years and started Lost Origins to provide a sounding board for authors and researchers to share their theories and concepts with the world. He lives in Denver with his family.